Monday, March 12, 2012

Weesie & Papa

Weesie & Papa
My dad's parents turn 75 this year. My grandfather's birthday was at the beginning of February. My grandmother's is coming this summer. We were able to surprise them with a birthday party. It was quite a bit of fun. Rather than summarizing the party, I'll share the notes I wrote to them. It's much more fun to share how they have impacted me than how we honored them.

Hello my Weesie,

A part of me thinks it is silly to celebrate your birthday so far in advance. But I also know that I am not guaranteed the opportunity to tell you I love you in July. So I’m taking the chance I am given to say it now. I will give you a mug of your own this summer, though. J

I am quite grateful that you are my grandmother. The truly impoverished of this world are those who have not been as deeply loved by their grandparents as I have been. Thank you for being one of my biggest cheerleaders. Thank you for removing my splinters. Thank you for praying for me. Thank you for teaching me how to make killer mashed potatoes and sweet potato soufflé.

I am very sorry for the times I have been impatient with you. My disrespect was atrocious. I do esteem you. I not only love you, I like you! Some of my most cherished memories are sitting alone together, just visiting with one another.

I pray that God continues to give us many years to love each other. No matter what happens, though, you will be deeply loved as long as I am alive.

I love you!

Weesie with N & T


What an honor to be able to call you my grandfather. I am deeply humbled and thankful to God that you are a part of my rich heritage. I am quite glad that I have been able to spend time with you since I became an adult. The more I know you, the more precious you become to me.

I look toward your example when I am attempting to mind my own business and hold my tongue. Because your corrections have been few, they have carried great weight in my life. You have only ever confronted me about two things. The first was an admonition to be careful when parking on the street to not squish people’s grass. The second was the life-saving truth that I will never be happy apart from Jesus.  As a result, I don’t smash people’s lawns and I now walk as a child of light. Thank you for being faithful to speak truth to me. God used you to draw me to Him.

I greatly cherish the time I get to spend with you. I enjoy hearing your stories. I like learning new things from you. I love being in your company.

As long as I have breath, I will love you.
Papa & T

What a treasure grandparents are! Call yours today, or write them a note, to tell them you love them. You don't know how much longer you'll get that privilege. (as exhibited by my previous post)

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